PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins began the Eastern Conference semifinals by lighting up Brian Boucher and the Flyers to the tune of a 7-3 Boston victory Saturday. Boucher allowed five goals before being pulled in the second period, and though it marked the fourth time this postseason that the Flyers have had to make a goaltending change mid-game, the Bruins know better than to expect things to come that easy. 

PHILADELPHIA -- David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored twice as the Bruins chased a shaky Brian Boucher and dominated the Flyers, 7-3, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center. 

PHILADELPHIA -- Bruins forward Brad Marchand did not have to suffer last year's collapse against the Flyers in uniform, but the rookie is happy to be a part of the continuation of what is becoming an interesting playoff rivalry. 

"There's a lot of hype going into this series right now, especially with what happened last year," Marchand said. "It's nice just to be here and hopefully we can write our own chapter." 

Before the team left Boston for Philadelphia Friday, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said the Flyers are a better match up for his team than the Canadiens were in the first round. The Bruins captured three of the four meetings in the regular season and were even able to score on the power play four times, something they failed to do in 21 tries in the opening round. 

Following their final practice Friday morning at TD Garden, the Bruins packed their bags and headed for Philadelphia and Saturday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Flyers. But before departing, the Bruins addressed the media and spoke of their thoughts on the even of the playoff rematch with the team that came from 3-0 down in the series and Game 7 to eliminate them last spring. 

What is the word Boston is looking for as the Bruins head to Philadelphia for the Eastern Conference semifinals? Is it “poetic,” or something along those lines? Perhaps it’s “fate.” Maybe it’s just that deep breath that can only say “here we go again.”



Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas joined Mut & Merloni Thursday to discuss the B's Eastern Conference quarterfinals win over the Canadiens. In talking with Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni, Thomas said he does not respect the play of Habs defenseman P.K. Subban, who appeared to dive in an attempt to draw a penalty on Gregory Campbell with Montreal already on the power play late in the first period Wednesday. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters Thursday that defenseman Andrew Ference will not be suspended for his collision with Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern in the third period of Boston's 4-3 overtime win over Montreal Wednesday. 

Halpern went down hard after hitting the shoulder of Ference in the Bruins' zone, and it was reported following the game that Ference would have a phone hearing with the league at 11 a.m. on Thursday. 

Let's get this out of the way: What I don't know about hockey could fill the Grand Canyon about 500 times over. 

There's a reason why I never write about the Bruins. I would really, really suck at it. I'd be better use for WEEI.com covering the elections in Zimbabwe. I'm a 36 handicap when it comes to hockey knowledge.



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